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Simple Times by Amy Sedaris
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Apr 07, 12

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Read from March 12 to 31, 2012

This wasn't really what I was expecting from a craft book, but I guess I should have since it's pretty much the essence of Amy Sedaris' humor. It's pretty weird and sometimes disgusting but you can't look away and you can't help laughing. There are lots of crafts for poor people interspersed with pictures of Amy doing some crazy weird shit. The book alternates between recipes for such delicacies as fudge and homemade sausage and instructions on how to make your very own milk carton Skid Row or a pine cone tote. And then there are some sections that (although entertaining) I thought got a little too far away from the idea of a craft book, such as the entire chapter on making sweet passionate love - what kind of crafting is that, the crafting of a fetus? Awkwarrrd! I did however enjoy Amy's writing throughout the book. I'll definitely have to check out her other book (book: I Like You: Hospitality Under the Influence]) next. And if you're ever thumbing through this book at the library or something, go to page 138 and tell me that's not one of the most disturbing pictures you've ever seen. It's Amy dressed up as a balding, stink-eyed old cafeteria server named Jim. That woman sure can work a disguise and create some zany characters. As far as the crafts go though? They were mostly kind of depressing and creepy or just stuff that you would not want to actually have in your home. It's more about the humor and having fun whilst doing your hobbies, like crafting and cooking (and banging, apparently).
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